‘My beautiful baby girl’: Heartbroken mother pays emotional tribute to 13-year-old daughter Lucy McHugh after her body was found in a woodland
- Lucy McHugh’s body was found near a sports centre in Southampton this week
- Police have arrested a man, 24, from Southampton on suspicion of her murder
- He remains in custody and has also been arrested for sexual activity with a child
A heartbroken mother yesterday paid an emotional tribute to her 13-year-old daughter whose body was found in woodland.
Stacey White described Lucy McHugh as ‘my beautiful baby girl’ in a Facebook post, and added: ‘We’re all trying to come to terms with it slowly and just feel numb.’
She also shared a link to a fundraising webpage where well-wishers have pledged more than £2,000 towards the cost of Lucy’s funeral.
Lucy McHugh was found dead in woodland near Southampton Sports Centre on Thursday
Stacey White described Lucy McHugh as ‘my beautiful baby girl’ in a Facebook post
A 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday night on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.
Grieving friends and relatives of Lucy posted dozens of messages on Miss White’s Facebook page.
One girl wrote: ‘Such a loss, she had a smile that lit up the room and I feel privileged to have known her and be able to call her a close friend. The brightest star in the sky, RIP angel.’
Flowers are pictured at the police cordon near Southampton Sports Centre where the teenager’s body was found earlier this week
Lucy left her home in Southampton on Wednesday morning, but failed to return and was reported missing.
Her body was found early the next morning near Southampton Sports Centre.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, of Hampshire Police, said: ‘This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Lucy’s family and friends at this terrible time.’
A police car is pictured outside the home being searched in Mansel Road East, Southampton
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